Climate change impacts on apples

Apple footprint might decline in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and the Waikato

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research has issued a series of fact sheets about climate change impacts on the spatial footprint of horticultural crops.

The research was completed under the Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) project 405421. Climate data were made available by the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA). Soil and slope data were reproduced with the permission of Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research.

Under what is known as the low GHG pathway, the apple footprint is forecast to decline in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and the Waikato. Other apple regions such as Central Otago and Nelson would  become more favorable, and areas of the Taranaki will possibly open up.

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